Sophos says latest UTM product brings enterprise security features to SMEs

  • The new Sophos UTM approach brings together multiple technologies
  • Improves performance; makes ATP practical and affordable, says Sophos

Sophos says latest UTM product brings enterprise security features to SMEsSOPHOS has announced an update to its Unified Threat Management (UTM), with more than 100 new features that bring Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to the small and mid-sized market, capabilities that were previously only available to large enterprises.
 
Developed by SophosLabs, the new Sophos UTM approach brings together multiple technologies to rapidly identify and isolate infected clients and prevent communication with malicious command and control hosts, the company said in a statement.
 
This latest version introduces botnet protection and cloud-based sandboxing to expand on Sophos UTM’s existing multi-layer firewall, web, email and endpoint protection.
 
This extends the Sophos’ commitment to small and mid-market companies, delivering access to advanced protection without the complexity and cost normally associated with such functionality, the company claimed.
 
“The initial stages of targeted attacks can often go unnoticed by security systems that don’t control incoming and outgoing traffic,” said Chris Kraft, vice president of product management at Sophos.
 
“For organisations with limited IT resources, investing time and money in a dedicated ATP solution to detect these early signs is simply not realistic, given how tricky, complex and fast moving this type of traffic is.
 
“That's what we wanted to change. Today, with a few simple clicks, users get advanced protection without needing to be full-time security experts themselves,” he added.
 
This new release also significantly enhances speed of security scanning with initial data showing the new performance optimised IPS (intrusion prevention system) doubling throughput speed in test environments.
 
“The UTM market is one of the most competitive in security. Numerous features and applications have been added over the past few years, and we’re increasingly seeing solutions are providing more effective security and better performance,” said John Grady, research manager, Security Products and Services, IDC.
 
For additional information on all of the features in Sophos UTM 9.2 and extra information on Sophos’ network security solutions, please visit www.sophos.com/networksecurity.
 
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